A Season Of Drama At The San Diego Opera

Number 26802
Subject Art
Source KPBS/inewsource
Year 2014
Publication Date March 31, 2014 April 3, 2014 April 6, 2014 April 11, 2014 April 16, 2014 April 17, 2014 April 21, 2014 April 25, 2014 May 6, 2014 May 16, 2014 May 19, 2014 May 20, 2014 May 22, 2014
Summary When the board of the San Diego Opera, one of the region’s most prominent arts institutions, abruptly announced it would close after nearly 50 years, the shock reverberated nationally. San Diego’s opera had been held up as a well-run organization with a balanced budget. But suddenly, it was shutting down and essentially blaming the audience. But a KPBS/inewsource investigation found there was plenty of blame to go around, enough to eventually prompt the state Attorney General to open an inquiry. Public records, leaked documents and sound sourcing revealed questionable financial practices at the opera and a 58-member board of directors more interested in socializing than running an arts organization with a multi-million dollar budget. It also exposed a highly compensated, intransigent leadership whose arrogant insistence on expensive, grand opera over consumer-friendly innovations nearly doomed the institution.
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Keywords opera; corrupt; budget; attorney general
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